Remember that college experience or course that changed you? The one that got you excited about learning and what you wanted to do with your life? Imagine a campus where most of your college experiences were that inspiring and enabled you to Do Good™?
At the University of Maryland, we are reinventing the college experience by producing future pioneers and entrepreneurial leaders who will address the challenges of the 21st century. The School of Public Policy and its Do Good Institute are transforming students’ idealism into extraordinary outcomes through rich learning experiences built on real-world application. As our state and world's problems grow increasingly complex and interconnected, the Do Good Institute at Maryland will develop generations of alumni who create innovative projects and ventures that will produce dramatic results at home and abroad.
By introducing all Maryland students to experiences from orientation to graduation, we will inspire them to engage in effective, impactful efforts and social innovations today and throughout their lives.
Our Do Good Challenge is infusing the campus with a culture of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship through a year-long innovative prize competition and programming. Thousands of Maryland students are making the greatest social impact they can for their favorite causes by teaming up to start a social venture or a philanthropic project for an existing nonprofit (including volunteering and fundraising).
An undergraduate academic curriculum in philanthropy began in the School of Public Policy with the development of new courses in which students learn about effective philanthropy and manage their own philanthropic investment fund. Through partnerships across campus, hundreds of students participate in courses through which they award grants worth thousands of dollars to effective Maryland nonprofits, propose policy solutions to community challenges, and learn how to launch nonprofits and companies with a social impact.
The School of Public Policy’s new graduate curriculum in nonprofit management and leadership is one of the most robust in the country. Our graduate program enables students to delve deeply into the complex challenges facing nonprofit leaders, formulate innovative strategies, and graduate with strong leadership skills and professional experiences.
We immerse our graduate and undergraduate students in compelling, hands-on abroad experiences in global philanthropic and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in India, China, and the Middle East. Our program in Israel and Jordan helped launch an Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University and our faculty include leading experts on the emergence of philanthropy and social enterprises in China.
Our affiliated faculty are building the foundation for a research endeavor that will provide cutting-edge insights that will enhance the practice of nonprofit and social-impact businesses while continually infusing cutting edge insights into our curriculum. Starting in summer 2016, the leading research journal in the world on philanthropy and nonprofits (Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly) will be housed at the Institute.
The Institute partners with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) – representing over 100 top foundations, nonprofits, and corporate social investment programs in the Washington area – to offer our students exclusive access to paid professional-development fellowships funded by our partner organizations. Philanthropy Fellows placements include the J. Willard and Alice Marriott Foundation, United Way of the National Capital Region, Capital One Foundation, the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County, Venture Philanthropy Partners, Arabella Advisors, Deloitte, AARP, and Kaiser.
The Do Good Institute is part of the University of Maryland's Green Office Program through the Office of Sustainability. The Green Office Program engages staff, faculty and students in a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. The Institute was granted the Bronze Certification on May 10, 2019.